Washington paved the way for federal clean cars standards

Nathan Willcox, Environment Washington's federal global warming program director, thanked President Obama for announcing a plan to double fuel-efficiency standards nationwide to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Washington helped pave the way for this historic move with our own pioneering clean car standards. 

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20 Day Left to Act for Land and Water Conservation Fund | John Rumpler

Washington boasts a multitude of iconic parks and wilderness areas, helping it live up to the well-deserved nickname of the Evergreen State. It’s difficult to imagine Washington without Mt. Rainier, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, or name your favorite neighborhood park. Mine include Discovery Park and Gas Works.  While we take the beauty and serenity these places have to offer for granted, in reality, they wouldn’t exist without a federal program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expires on September 30, 2015, unless Congress acts.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New Report: Solar Energy Per Person Grew 56% Percent in Washington State Last Year

Per capita solar power capacity grew 56% percent in Washington last year, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The growth rate put the state 15th in the country for solar power capacity per person added in 2014, but Washington remains stuck in the middle of the pack at 25th for total solar capacity and total solar capacity installed in 2014.  Despite its great potential in Washington state, solar power faces obstacles without continued and greater leadership from our elected officials.

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New carbon pollution limits huge step on climate, and great news for Washington

Coal and gas power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide and clean energy sources such as solar will meet more of the state’s electricity needs, according to limits on carbon pollution finalized on August 3 that are central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change.

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